Suspect shot dead after robbing Western Cape MEC Albert Fritz

2017-08-12 11:45


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Cape Town - One robber was shot dead and one injured after Western Cape Social Development MEC Albert Fritz was robbed at gunpoint on Saturday morning.

The shooting incident took place outside the Assembly of God Church on Zwelitsha Drive, Nyanga, according to Cape Town's mayoral committee member for safety and security and social services, JP Smith.

News24 could not immediately get hold of Fritz or his spokesperson for comment.

According to Smith, two suspects attempted to rob Fritz and his bodyguards of cellphones at about 9:40 AM.

The suspects also pointed a firearm at the minister and his bodyguards.

Shots were fired which resulted in one suspect killed and one wounded.

One bystander was also wounded.

Speaking to eNCA from the Nyanga police station after the attack, Fritz said he was in a car waiting to speak at a youth event when a man approached and demanded the car's occupants hand over their cellphones.

Fritz said the man attempted to shoot one of his bodyguards but the gun jammed.

He told eNCA that his bodyguard then threw his cellphone on the ground to distract the robber, and was then was able to upholster his own weapon.

"I heard lots of shooting. It was very traumatic," he said.

The ANC in the Western Cape said in a statement it heard of the shooting with "shock and dismay" and wished Fritz and his colleagues "strength as they recuperate from this horrific ordeal".

News24 will update this article as more information comes in.

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